You don’t have to be all that “creative” to create a masterpiece of a “coastal” gift basket. You don’t even have to know the person you’re gifting all that well to put together a delightful assemblage of items they’ll really enjoy. Trust me on this!
Just start with a basket (well, duh!), and add a variety of things from the following list. When the basket is “full,” tie a bow on the top and voila!
Chocolate! (Not really optional, is it??) Saltwater taffy, cranberry scone mix, smoked 0ysters or salmon (and crackers!), wine (you can also substitute wine glass for coffee mug), starfish necklace or earrings, seashell candles or soaps, flip-flops for walking in the sand, etc, etc.
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I had a fabulous time, in case you missed that significant detail, and can hardly wait for my next adventure—whatever THAT turns out to be!
Meanwhile, I hope you enjoyed the past two blog series, which started the first of July, and took a look at Korea, Japan and China before hoping over to Europe and exploring Greece. Feel free to go back and peruse all the photos I took! Literally hundreds of them are posted for your enjoyment.
And beginning December 1st… After FIVE MONTHS of shared travel adventures, posting every other day, it’s back to blogging as usual… Maybe!
When I left for Greece, I harbored just a tinge of “romantic possibility” about my upcoming adventure. I mean, what better time to fall in love, or lust, then when “on vacation” in an exotic island locale? And I’d seen both the Broadway production and the Mama Mia movie, so it could happen.. right?
Therefore, I kept my eyes open for a tall, dark and handsome local stranger who might want to spend some quality time with an American Abroad… So to speak!
And there were plenty to choose from. I must have a latent penchant for Mediterranean men or something. They all looked good to me! Tall, short, bearded or clean-shaven, they all had those mysterious dark eyes and a shock of curly black hair.
In a word: Yummy!
But alas, there was always a catch… Some were too young (even for a wannabe cougar like me). Some were obviously otherwise taken. Some spoke little or no English, and I’m kind of partial to good communication.
What the hell, more for me that way!
Oddly enough, I actually have been to both Pompeii and Xi’an. And in Akrotiri, another piece of an ancient puzzle seemed to fit neatly into place. The similarities are striking.
The Akrotiki excavation site is basically a huge pole building (as is Xi’an). There are several levels to the excavation, and not a lot of “security” to keep tourists out. Not that there should be. It just surprised me that we could get so “up close and personal” inside this area.
Our guide spoke fabulous English, and was gorgeous enough to be a fashion model. No kidding. She certainly knew her stuff and was able to give us many insights into what and how this place originally thrived.
I’m always fascinated when I ponder the lives that must have lived in a place long ago… And I do mean LONG ago! This community was destroyed sometime close to 1600 BC! So I wonder what these people talked about, what their thoughts were, what hopes and goals they had, even what they had for breakfast!
I’m curious like that.
The theory that Plato got his inspiration for his story for Atlantis based on this place gave me goosebumps!
The current excavations on this Minoan Bronze age settlement began in 1967, and many of the actual artifacts are housed in a museum quite distant from where they were found. I give that concept a huge frownie face, although it probably does generate more “outside” interest that way.
Unlike in Pompeii, there haven’t been any “human” or “skeletal” remains found, so the theory is that there was an orderly evacuation before the area was covered in ash. I like to think so. I like to think the inhabitants had plenty of warning and packed up and moved to a safer place and lived happily ever after.
Stereotypical to a fault, Perissa’s waterfront is lined with quaint cafés and dotted with palm frond shade umbrellas covering the sunbathers’ lounge chairs. And although it was quite hot enough to melt my gelato before I made a mess of it, few swimmers were taking advantage of the area.
Naturally, I loved the place! As I’ve mentioned before, I am the quintessential tourist. I go out of my way to boost the local economy by purchasing my share, and then some, of all kinds of “necessities” that no one really needs. Nevertheless, I enjoy the experience of sorting through all my treasures when I get home and displaying my ever-growing plethora refrigerator magnets with pride.
The big disappointment of the entire trip to Santorini was not getting to go to Ia to see “the blue domes.” Blue domes appear on all the “Greek brochures,” and try as I may, I never did see an abundance of the little buggers. “They’re in Ia,” I was told, but that adventure had not been offered. However, my pain was slightly assuaged by the brilliant blue dome and bell tower of Perissa.
Nevertheless, I suppose one could argue that once you’ve seen one blue dome, you’ve seen them all. But I sure did love walking around this one and talking photos from all angles, the “artsiest” one taken while peeping through the entrance archway.
So what do you think? Did I find the perfect photo to epitomize my Grecian blue dome obsession?